CDCN Positive Proposal #4: Cathedrals and Basilicas

Big and important churches, especially where the bishop resides, should set a good example for exemplary liturgy: I agree.

4. Higher standards for musical repertoire and skill should be insisted on for cathedrals and basilicas. Bishops in every diocese should hire at least a professional music director and/or an organist who would follow clear directions on how to foster excellent liturgical music in that cathedral or basilica and who would offer a shining example of combining works of the great tradition with appropriate new compositions.

Overemphasis on the organic growth thing:

We think that a sound principle for this is contained in Sacrosanctum Concilium 23: “There must be no innovations unless the good of the Church genuinely and certainly requires them; and care must be taken that any new forms adopted should in some way grow organically from forms already existing” (SC 23).

I think it’s an important consideration. But it’s not the ultimate in post-conciliar liturgical theology.

The full document may be found here.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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